After completing his studies and compulsory military service, Yann Chave joined his parents domaine in 1996 and refocused the production to one of quality, rather than quantity. Making all 20 hectares biodynamic, and producing Crozes Hermitage and Hermitage, this Rhone producer is one of the greats in his field. We asked him six questions....
If you weren't a winemaker, what job would you do
I don't know, I like my job.... maybe a soldier.
Describe yourself in three words
Honest, fidelity and pub!
An often asked question is 'what is the best wine you have ever made', so what is the worst?
The best was 2004 (it isn't the best, but the one I'm most proud of) and the worst was 2002.
Aside from your own wines, what do you drink at home?
I try to not drink my own wines at home, I love Volnay, and Beaujolais - often French wines, but not powerful ones.
What is your most prized moment?
I am a rugby coach, and when my son's team won the French Rugby Championship in 2012.
Name three people, real or fictional, living or dead, that would be guests at your dream dinner party.
Winston Churchill, Johnny Wilkinson and Hadrian.